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Hello UK Jeep Owners & Lovers,

 

We are Kristen and Lauren - two Americans who are in the midst of moving to the UK where we'll reside with our 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon ("Lola") overland build. Lola started her trip from Washington, DC to the UK in mid-December and is somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean coming your way, while we're scheduled to arrive in Harrogate the first week of February.

 

We are both very active in the Jeep community here in the United States, so we're looking forward to joining the niche Jeep community in the UK soon. 

 

Our travels have been documented on our website / blog and Instagram, so check them out if you're interested in seeing our build. We've virtually met many of you on Instagram, but are excited to meet you all in person and hit some lanes soon. Fingers crossed that we'll be the only LHD orange Jeep Rubicon in the UK 😉

 

Curious to hear from others who live in the Harrogate / North Yorkshire area, as we'll want to hit some trails soon!

 

Cheers from the US and see you all soon,

Kristen, Lauren & Lola the Jeep

 

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Kristen & Lauren and welcome to the UK Jeep Owners Club. It is good to have you over here.
I live near Lakenheath & Mildenhall and have yet to see any orange JL's so you may be well the UK's first.
Have you thought about any modifications that you need to make so that Lola is road legal here over the pond? I do not think that there is much to do but others on here will advise.
 

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Kristen & Lauren and welcome to the UK Jeep Owners Club. It is good to have you over here.
I live near Lakenheath & Mildenhall and have yet to see any orange JL's so you may be well the UK's first.
Have you thought about any modifications that you need to make so that Lola is road legal here over the pond? I do not thing that there is much to do but others on here will advise.
 

 

Hi Jim! We will likely encounter you in the Lakenheath / Mildenhall area -- Lola is actually shipping into Mildenhall and we'll have to train down there to retrieve her once we're in country. We also have access to the bases there, so will periodically scoot down that direction. Keep your eyes peeled for us!

 

believe the only mod we'll have to do to get street legal there is add a rear red fog light, since that's not standard in the US. Adjusting the headlights is an easy fix with the screw driver, and at that point she should be UK legal. I actually resided in the UK a few years ago and had a US spec Subaru that was modified, and those were the only adjustments needed to pass MOT. I'm sure I'll find out soon enough though. Biggest challenge honestly is getting it insured, since most UK insurance companies won't have a driver history or record on us as US drivers. 

 

I believe the DVLA(?) gives us 60 days after we receive the car to get it switched to UK spec and get it tagged, so we'll be driving around with our "IN TENTS" US license plates for some time...

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Welcome to this side of the pond guys.

 

As the year unfolds I am sure there will be events that we can tempt you with.

 

Hope Lola arrives safe and sound.

Jules

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When you are down at Mildenhall, have a drive around Thetford Forest. Nothing challenging but it is a nice drive off road on unpaved lanes which we call 'Green Lanes'.
Insurance wise, are there not any companies who serve the bases who specialise on UK insurance?
And you do not need a UK MOT until the vehicle is three years old.

Happy to take you for a trip round Thetford Forest followed by a pint of warm beer, LOL.

 

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29 minutes ago, JimC said:

When you are down at Mildenhall, have a drive around Thetford Forest. Nothing challenging but it is a nice drive off road on unpaved lanes which we call 'Green Lanes'.
Insurance wise, are there not any companies who serve the bases who specialise on UK insurance?
And you do not need a UK MOT until the vehicle is three years old.

Happy to take you for a trip round Thetford Forest followed by a pint of warm beer, LOL.

 


Thanks! I have hiked around Thetford Forest before but didn’t realize there was a section available to Green Lane. I plan to join GLASS when I get over there and have a UK mailing address!

 

There are two companies that serve the base - one is for the US Military folks (I am not military), so that’s off the table. The other is supposed to be pretty $$$/£££. I work for the US Govt and have a special stamp in my passport from the UK Government (it allows us to use the NHS and avoid paying council taxes)… I’ve heard some of the UK insurance companies will take you on a plan if you give them a copy of that passport stamp. Specifically it sounds like Marshmallow is friendly to that arrangement. Need to get a quote from them…

 

We will definitely take you up on the offer to ride around Thetford, but it won’t be the first time we go down there. Too much chaos with moving stuff when we pick up the Jeep.

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Here is a link to a green lanes map of the UK, but even though a lane is displayed on the map, this does not mean that the lanes are open. Our local councils may temporarily close the lanes for various reasons. Dont click on the map as it will just take you to Amazon.com rather just zoom in. 

https://www.bywaymap.com

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Thanks for the link! I hadn't seen that map yet. Super helpful. Cheers!

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Hey! 

My wife and I are in the area and we do tons of traveling all over the UK and hopefully Europe once things settle down some more. I'm based at Mildenhall and we have one of the few Gladiator Rubicons in the UK. Once you get Lola over here we can hit up the area we can show you around if you'd like! As far as getting the Jeep legal for the UK, you'll need front and rear fog lights, side indicators and amber indicators in the rear. If you have the LED taillights I think you should be good. 

There arent many challenging lanes around the bases but we have noticed our length and width in the Gladiator can make things tricky some times. 

Hope to seen you guys soon and welcome!

- Victor 

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1 minute ago, blackcatJT said:

Hey! 

My wife and I are in the area and we do tons of traveling all over the UK and hopefully Europe once things settle down some more. I'm based at Mildenhall and we have one of the few Gladiator Rubicons in the UK. Once you get Lola over here we can hit up the area we can show you around if you'd like! As far as getting the Jeep legal for the UK, you'll need front and rear fog lights, side indicators and amber indicators in the rear. If you have the LED taillights I think you should be good. 

There arent many challenging lanes around the bases but we have noticed our length and width in the Gladiator can make things tricky some times. 

Hope to seen you guys soon and welcome!

- Victor

Hey Victor!

I hadn't thought about the front fog lights. Hmm. I have the LED tail lights but don't have fog lights in the front anymore because I swapped out to the ARB bumper. I'll have to noodle the best way to install a set. Any restrictions where those have to be mounted relative to the headlights?

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I think they just need to be in or below the front bumper similar to the way the stock ones are mounted. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out Modified Jeeps UK on instagram and they might be able to help too. We haven’t done the bumper yet on blackcatJT.

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Just now, blackcatJT said:

I think they just need to be in or below the front bumper similar to the way the stock ones are mounted. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out Modified Jeeps UK on instagram and they might be able to help too. We haven’t done the bumper yet on blackcatJT.

I've talked to them many times! 🙂

 

It actually doesn't look like they are required to pass MOT, at least according to this site: https://www.lindleysautocentres.co.uk/about-us/blog/mot-the-truth-behind-some-of-the-myths/

 

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All cars must be fitted with rear fog lights as it’s a legal requirement.

If your car has been imported, it will need a rear fog light before it is allowed to be used on the road.

Front fog lights are not a legal requirement, but if your car has them you should only use them when visibility is severely restricted.

 

 

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4 hours ago, InTents.Adventures said:

Hello UK Jeep Owners & Lovers,

 

We are Kristen and Lauren - two Americans who are in the midst of moving to the UK where we'll reside with our 2019 Jeep Wrangler JL Rubicon ("Lola") overland build. Lola started her trip from Washington, DC to the UK in mid-December and is somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean coming your way, while we're scheduled to arrive in Harrogate the first week of February.

 

We are both very active in the Jeep community here in the United States, so we're looking forward to joining the niche Jeep community in the UK soon. 

 

Our travels have been documented on our website / blog and Instagram, so check them out if you're interested in seeing our build. We've virtually met many of you on Instagram, but are excited to meet you all in person and hit some lanes soon. Fingers crossed that we'll be the only LHD orange Jeep Rubicon in the UK 😉

 

Curious to hear from others who live in the Harrogate / North Yorkshire area, as we'll want to hit some trails soon!

 

Cheers from the US and see you all soon,

Kristen, Lauren & Lola the Jeep

 

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Love that first picture, beautiful!

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Hi and welcome to the club,just one thing you may have to check is your rear tyres sticking out passed the fenders.

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19 minutes ago, Tony said:

Hi and welcome to the club,just one thing you may have to check is your rear tyres sticking out passed the fenders.

tires sticking out past the fenders is not an MOT failure, you should have no problems with them. 

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Just read a few pages of your blog, really enjoyed it.  The OME lift looks really good, the shocks in particular look very beefy.  Just make sure Lola has everything she needs for her time here, after market Jeep parts tend to cost a lot more over here, if you can get them!

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Thanks for the feedback on the tires and glad that’s not an MOT fail. 
 

yeah, I have stocked up on Jeep parts before I leave, but we also have a means to get US mail shipped to us for minimal additional cost / no VAT, so that *should* make it easier to acquire parts. We will find out soon enough!

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Just had a good long read of your web site @InTents.Adventures,  fascinating stuff, thanks for sharing.

 

And that's one cracking Jeep build 😱   I love it  👏

 

Welcome to the UK 👍p

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3 hours ago, InTents.Adventures said:

Thanks for the feedback on the tires and glad that’s not an MOT fail. 
 

yeah, I have stocked up on Jeep parts before I leave, but we also have a means to get US mail shipped to us for minimal additional cost / no VAT, so that *should* make it easier to acquire parts. We will find out soon enough!

If I could just add a couple of items to your next delivery... 🤣

Is it the system for delivery to overseas forces, but which basically counts as domestic shipping?  I have seen that referred to on one of the US Jeep websites.

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22 minutes ago, UKTJ said:

If I could just add a couple of items to your next delivery... 🤣

Is it the system for delivery to overseas forces, but which basically counts as domestic shipping?  I have seen that referred to on one of the US Jeep websites.

Lol sure! It is that same system. The address routes to a place in NY and from there it’s routed into the UK with no additional postage or VAT. Pretty awesome. 

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2 hours ago, Overlander21 said:

Just had a good long read of your web site @InTents.Adventures,  fascinating stuff, thanks for sharing.

 

And that's one cracking Jeep build 😱   I love it  👏

 

Welcome to the UK 👍p

Thank you! Appreciate the feedback. We love doing the blog to glad to hear folks enjoying it. 
 

Plenty more adventures to post!

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Frosty Think you will find is ok as long as the tread is under the arch,maybe ok for mot but not ok with police.

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1 hour ago, Tony said:

Frosty Think you will find is ok as long as the tread is under the arch,maybe ok for mot but not ok with police.

Can of worms …. That one …. That’s one of those “ if a tree falls in the woods “ questions …

some say tomato some say tomato 

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Hi and welcome to the club! Hope to meet you guys at an event in 2022z 

 

I brought a JK over in 2013 and a Trackhawk in 2018. The rules around driving on my US plate and no UK mods had tightened up considerably so just check with the local Mildenhall folks on driving pre-UK mods. 
 

 

Jim O. 

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